(Closed) Married Bees: If you could have one do-over…

posted 8 years ago in Recaps
Post # 32
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

1.  Different Dress

2.  I hated how my hair and makeup looked.  I should’ve done those myself.

3.  I didn’t really have an aisle to walk down.  But I did come down some stairs and was supposed to walk across the room.  I’m pretty sure I almost ran across instead.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

1.  Different Dress

2.  I hated how my hair and makeup looked.  I should’ve done those myself.

3.  I didn’t really have an aisle to walk down.  But I did come down some stairs and was supposed to walk across the room.  I’m pretty sure I almost ran across instead.

4.  Should’ve sprung for a professional videographer.  The home video looks cheesy.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would have made a bigger deal about my sleeves at the alterations. I said something, but did not push the issue hard enough to the seamstress. The result was that when I reached for my husband to have our first kiss my left sleeve popped off (thankfully they were snapped on and meant to be removed) and was therefore hanging down my back as we walked back up the aisle out of the ceremony. To stick to the day of do-over… I would have just pulled off both of them before exiting the ceremony. Instead I walked out feeling embarassed and pulled them off in the hallway before the posed pictures.

I also wish we had stood closer to one another during the ceremony. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wedding was this past Saturday and it was a FANTABULOUS day but I have only one regret. We didn’t hire a videographer. I don’t think anyone recorded our ceremony where we laughed, cracked jokes, cried and said beautiful meaningful vows. Our reception was a ridiculous party with an awesome DJ and impromptu moments but if only the ceremony had been recorded I would have been okay with that. I don’t think any of my friends recorded the ceremony.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wish I would have remembered to stand up a little straighter during our ceremony and walking down the aisle.  My nerves got the better of me so my shoulders rolled forward.  Luckily, our photos came out wonderfully even thought I’m slouching.  During the posed ones, my photographer kept having to remind me to stand up straight.  Embarassed

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Roe:  I will remember this.  This  very thing is what makes me think we will go Ipod. 

I am legally married but have not had a ceremony of any sort (Colorado self option, show up sign paperwork voila married, no vows, officiant, or witnesses) so we will do that next year. If I could go back would I change this? No, we would have ended up signing the paperwork a few days before doing the ceremony anyway doesn’t change anything. Still excited to have a ceremony, with vows and family and a blessing!  I don’t see myself regretting much from that day this is for the family!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Would have started the day WAY earlier.  It was chaos the day of and we ran an hour late.

Also, would have had more practice with my flower girl–she went too soon and didn’t sprinkle enough petals.  But it’s not her fault because I didn’t give her clear instructions.

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

I have two…  If I had a do-over, I’d wear my birdcage veil and I’d have our photographer take a picture of my shoes on my feet.  

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • gave myself more time to decorate
  • Arranged transportation instead of winging it
  • spoken to Darling Husband about speaking to the guest just not his friends.  He also spends a ton of time outside smoking and you had to go looking for him before everything ex cake cutting.

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Either got a fake bottom tier for the cake or at least, have the cake raised up a bit. It was big enough to feed all the guests and I didn’t want it to be massive, but in the photos it really looks pretty small. I didn’t want towers in between tiers but now I can see how useful they are in making the cake look more statuesque.

And I know how lucky I am that this is my only real “regret”!

Post # 42
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I kind of did have a do-over  because I was an encore bride! Tongue Out

But seriously, I eloped this time, and I think it was 100% better than having my “traditional” wedding the first time around. We did hire a pro photog and that was the best thing ever. My only “regret” might be that I wish I could have done my hair up. I styled it like I wear it every day. Turns out it was windy, and a few pics have my hair blowing, but in the end, it’s not a big deal and it actually kind of looks cool.

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I love this thread! So much great advice to take on here! I won’t kid myself and say my wedding will be 100% perfect, with no mishaps, but I’d like to get it as close as possible 😉

Post # 44
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There is not a single thing I would have changed about my wedding. It went off perfectly without a hitch. BUT. We had highly recommened, and expensive photographers so I figured I did not have to give them any direction as to what shots to take. Now having seen the pictures, I am noticing that there are quite a few shots I wish they had taken. For example, no one reminded me to put on a garter and pose for a few pictures in it, there are no good shots of us with our dog (we got a tuxedo for him and everything), and there are virtually no pictures of our cocktail hour. So while the pictures they did take were gorgeous, I wish I knew to give them a list of everything I wanted photographed. Then again, I don’t know if I could have thought of a full list in advance.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

I would have been more on the ball with formal portraits. I gave a list to my photogs, but for some reason they didn’t follow it and only took about half of the photos on that list. I wish I had brought a copy of that list with me and designated a bridesmaid or someone to make sure they all got done. My photogs missed SO many formals with my family. Cry

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have hired a videographer.

So much of the day goes by in a blur that you have trouble remembering the finer details that you (and others) put so much effort into.

My biggest regret was not really hearing the music during my walk down the aisle. My step dad is an AWESOME guitar player, like phenomenal, and he did a beautiful, classic accoustic version of Elvis “Cant help falling in love with you” for me walking down the aisle, but I was a bag of nerves and focussing so hard on hubby that I dont remember even hearing him play it.

He put so much effort and practise into making it a breathtaking rendition of one of my favourit songs, it breaks my heart that I didnt get to appreciate it, or see the guests appreciating it.

HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER!!

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